EWTN Catholic Q&A
What is the date?
Question from Maria R. Bermudez on 04-13-2005:

What is the date on 1978, that the John Paul 11 began.

Answer by Matthew Bunson on 04-14-2005:

There are two dates of consequence. The first is October 16, 1978, the date of his election; the second is his installation at which he was invested with the pallium, on October 22 in ceremonies attended by more than 250,000 people in St. Peterís Square.